Karl Richey, MD Joins Creekside Family Health Clinic

As an avid jazz musician, performer and local cabaret owner, changing up the tempo is not something new for Dr. Karl Richey. This time, his change in rhythm includes shifting from a long career in emergency medicine and joining Creekside Family Health Clinic as an outpatient physician. At his new venue, he’ll complement the existing team of four family nurse practitioners to provide acute and basic primary care to children, adolescents and adults.
Dr. Richey is well known in Ketchikan having worked as an Emergency Room Physician at Peace Health Medical Center from 1990 to 2016. Most recently he worked as a Physician at the Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Health Clinic and is still employed by the State of Alaska Department of Corrections providing health care services at the local jail. His new position at Creekside in many ways is a change in careers from his more than 30 years in emergency room medicine. "I’ve been an ER doc nearly my entire professional life managing people’s health care in a very episodic, short term way. I think it’s a great thing at this point in my career to pull back a little and get to be someone’s regular doctor, getting to know my patients more personally", he said.

Although emergency medicine has been his calling over the years, there are a few things that he looks forward to. "Being more my own boss is certainly a great thing and the flexibility that goes along with it. And I got to tell you, I’m not going to miss the 24 hour shifts much," he said with a smile. "The best thing though will be the opportunity to spend more time with my patients" he added. "I really like Creekside’s pace and the extra time they allow me to do my job, it really attracted me to the practice for sure", he said.

The Creekside team is looking forward to working with him. Marina McIntyre, Nurse Practitioner and clinic partner, has worked with Dr. Richey in several roles before. "It’s great. We’ve come full circle here. Years ago I worked with him in the ER early in my nursing career. Most recently we worked together at KIC in the primary care clinic. It’s a real privilege to be working with him again", she said.

The additional medical staff also helps support part of Creekside’s mission to provide quick access to health care for minor and routine needs. "Often people have medical problems or health issues that are not emergencies but need to be addressed sooner rather than later. Adding Dr. Richey to our team really helps us continue providing quick access to care that is both comprehensive and patient driven. Dr. Richey really takes the time to know his patients which is the foundation for providing health care" says Lani Hill, Nurse Practitioner and clinic partner.

Creekside Family Health Clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and located at 320 Bawden Street, Suite 313 in the Mary France Building. Patients may call (907) 220-9982 for appointments.

Welcome Becky Stoeckler, FNP-C

Creekside Family Health Clinic is privileged to announce the recruitment of Rebecca "Becky" Stoeckler, FNP-C to the practice as a family nurse practitioner (FNP-C). Ms. Stoeckler graduated in 2016 from Simmons College in Boston, MA with a Master of Science in Nursing and is board certified in Family Practice. She will provide acute and primary health and medical care to children, adolescents, and adults.

Although she is a native of New Jersey, she is no stranger to Alaska. She completed her clinical rotations with SEARHC in Sitka during 2015/16 and worked as a nurse in the outpatient clinic and emergency room at that facility from 2013 – 2016. Prior to that she worked at the Providence Kodiak Island medical Center from 2009 – 2013 in the PACU, ER, and acute care departments. "Eight years ago we came here and really fell in love with everything Alaska has to offer", she said.

“We were pretty excited to meet Becky, especially since she was already living here in Ketchikan" says Lani Hill, Family Nurse Practitioner and clinic owner. "It’s especially nice because she’s already settled here and doesn’t need a pre-lecture on the weather", she noted with a smile. "Her experience, easy-going nature and genuine interest in patient care will be a real asset here", she added.

Ms. Stoeckler remarked that Creekside’s emphasis on patient driven care fits nicely with her professional approach and noted a key difference between in-patient and out-patient clinic care. "I’m excited to provide a more personalized and preventative approach to care after spending most of my time in hospitals", she said. "Health care is really relationship based and patients remember how they feel about the experience just as much if not more than the care they received".

Like most residents, she has a keen appreciation for outdoor activities and directs her creative talents towards knitting, photography and cooking.

The Creekside Family is proud to welcome Ms. Stoeckler to the practice. Her addition to the team will further support the clinic’s mission to provide patient care that is accessible, convenient and comprehensive.


Holiday Hours

Please note the clinic’s amended hours for the upcoming holdidays

Friday, December 23rd: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday, December 26th: CLOSED

Friday, December 30th: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday, January 2nd: CLOSED

The clinic will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, January 3rd at 8:00 a.m.

On behalf of all us here at Creekside Clinic, please accept our best wishes to you and yours for the holiday season and a happy New Year.